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Interview: DJ Vyrusky Talks About The Struggles He Went Through Before Stardom With Doreen Avio




Award-winning Disk Jockey DJ Vyrusky says the perception people have about him shows they do not know about his struggles before he became famous. According to him, most people assume he grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth without any hustle.

Speaking in an exclusive interview on ‘Let’s Talk Showbiz’ with Doreen Avio on JoyNews, DJ Vyrusky said he had to endure a lot to build his career. He disclosed that taking money for gigs at the time was not a thing for him.

“I always tell people that, if I was a white a “white” Kid, I would have been smarter. Sometimes the only thing that hurts me is that I did not capture some of the moments before I became Vyrusky.”

He said people are oblivious to the fact that he toured across the country including Northern Region, Volta Region and others to not only get the experience but get acquainted with the people and build his portfolio.

“They did not get to experience me with Mzvee in Sunyani…people got to know me when I became “Vyrusky” but they did not get to experience the struggles.

“They just see you as the “Dadaba Boy” that got the opportunity to play for the big brands and he is Vyrusky because of that.”

DJ Vyrusky said growing up he had never thought disk jockeying will be the career he ends up choosing. However, after being introduced to song mixing for a choir he had joined while in the university taking a decision on what he wanted to do in life became clear and easy.

“Anytime there was a drink-up, they would ask me to play. I became pretty popular on campus because of the whole campus DJing,” he recounted.

As a DJ, Vyrusky is known for his signature use of authentic Ghanaian music like highlife for mixes and has perfected over the years to produce his debut single ‘Number’. It featured Kojo Cue and Kuami Eugene. DJ Vyrusky has won lots of awards including the Overall DJ of the year three times at the Ghana DJ Awards.

Source: Doreen Avio/myjoyonline

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Media General Announces Its Preparedness To Celebrate March As Ghana Month



March 2021 is just around the corner and leading Ghanaian Media Company, the Media General Group has this week announced its preparedness to execute this year’s edition of its annual Ghana Month campaign.

Ghana Month is a month-long campaign which takes place in the month of March to coincide with the country’s independence celebrations. The campaign is to primarily project the country’s indigenous products and services as well as celebrate its rich cultural heritage.

According to management of the media conglomerate, the focus of this year’s Ghana Month campaign is to promote the essence of patronizing locally made products and services as the world battles the shattering effect of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Group Chief Executive Officer of the Media General Group, Beatrice Agyemang highlighted the economic impact of the campaign and what the country stands to gain when Ghanaians patronize products and services by local firms.

“Patronizing our locally manufactured products impacts directly on the manufacturing sector of the Ghanaian economy and this will serve as a major drive for economic growth and prosperity. We have China and India as examples to learn from. Their rapid growth were driven by their manufacturing sectors and their products were heavily patronized by their citizens. In addition, it will create more jobs, improve physical infrastructure and enterprises in the country”, she added.

Ms. Beatrice Agyemang further stated that “the Media General Group is a wholly owned Ghanaian business which has been championing the promotion of local content over the years. It remains our commitment to promote the agenda of supporting Ghanaian businesses at all times as our contribution to national development”.

Ghana Month will be launched on Monday 1st March 2021 with a durbar in Studio B, Adesa We, in partnership with the National Theatre of Ghana. Throughout the month, selected shows on radio and television will go big on Ghanaian culture and content including live band music, Ghanaian fashion, proverbs, folklore, legends and food.

Also within the month, there will be some iconic Ghanaian movies and interviews with legendary Ghanaian actors and musicians across the Media General platforms; TV3, Onua TV, 3FM, Onua FM, Connect FM in Takoradi, Akoma FM in Kumasi and www.3news,com.

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MTV Base Introduces The Culture Squad And New VJs



ViacomCBS Networks Africa is spicing things up this year with their introduction of new faces and a new crew. The illoustrous network will be bringing into the scene ‘The Cultural Squad’ and viewers can also look forward to new VJs.

The Culture Squad is a team of visionaries, creatives, and trendsetters who are pushing the culture forward across the network’s youth brands MTV, MTV Base, and BET Africa. This platform will give African talent a bigger stage to showcase their distinct originality, highlighting how they are influencing cultural shifts, setting trends and leading the conversation through a VJ centred content portfolio.

VJs across the network’s Pan African platforms will be at the forefront of the culture hosting iconic moments, meeting industry movers at home and abroad, entertaining viewers across several shows and getting involved in meaningful causes that are close to their hearts.

Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager at ViacomCBS Networks Africa said: “Base Day is a celebration and recognition of the power of youth culture across Africa.

“MTV base will continue to partner with trendsetters across all our brands.

“The Culture Squad reaffirms that commitment and we are thrilled to welcome our new MTV Base VJs Shamiso and Uncle Vinny to the family, as we elevate African talent to even greater heights and open up the industry”

Joining as MTV Base’s newest VJs are TV presenter Shamiso and all-round “Cool kid” Uncle Vinny. “I was definitely thrilled to be chosen, and as a fairly new presenter, it was a great opportunity for me. Anyone who works in the industry aspires to be at MTV Base at some point in their career, but coming here has been even better. The people are all so kind and so willing to teach, I definitely feel like I am getting better at my craft”, said Shamiso.

Uncle Vinny has made a name for himself as a cultural curator and recently featured as a panelist on MTV Base Hottest MCs New Wave List. “It’s been really exciting joining the ViacomCBS Networks Africa family.

“This is honestly my first big presenting job so it’s kind of scary at the same time but everyone has been welcoming and have had patience with me. I am going to have to get used to the early call times though, but everyone has been amazing. One thing I am hoping to have is my own show and going international,” he said.

The Culture Squad will be made up of fan favourites. This includes South Africa’s MTV Base VJ Search 2017 competition winner, Tshego Koke, as well as Farieda “Pharoahfi” Metsileng and Nomalanga ‘The Flame’ Shozi.


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Former Capital FM and Nation FM Presenter is Dead



Local media houses have reported that, former Capital FM and Nation FM presenter Jack Hillary Ojiambo is Dead. The news about his untimely demise was made public by his former employer Capital FM, who eulogized Ojiambo as a Jazz pioneer.

The late Ojiambo used to host the Jazz Club show on the Chris Kirubi owned station Ojiambo, who was also a lawyer by profession, was the founder and host of the “Jazz Club” show at Capital FM for 17 years, from 1996 to 2013.

In 2014, Ojiambo landed at Nation FM where he used to host a show dubbed Jazz Essentials but parted ways with the station in December 2015. In 2017, he ventured into politics, vying for the Dagoretti North Member of Parliament seat but lost to the incumbent Simba Arati.

Cause of death is yet to be made known.

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Angela Bamford Ends Working Relationship With GHOne Tv – Sources Disclose



Angela Bamford who has been described as one of the hardworking fresh faces on Ghanaian television has ended her working relationship with the EIB Network. But her TLS Show has been repeating old episodes for some weeks now. Inside sources say she won’t be returning on the newest episodes of the show.

Angela was outdoored as the host of the show sometime early 2020. She was also co-host of all ladies talk show, Toast, in addition to reading the business news on the channel’s evening news bulletin.

It looks like she will not be returning for any of the programmes. The reason for her departure is unknown.

Angela has left at a time when the station has been introducing new faces to make up for the vacuum created by the channel’s previous known faces who have abandoned the station for various reasons.

She joins the likes of Berla Mundi, Cookie Tee, Giovani Caleb, KOD and Mz Dru among others who have all moved on from the EIB Group.

Angela Bamford had a stint with showbiz at an early age, from singing with the group D3, modelling at Exopa Model Agency and acting to TV host. Prior to joining Ghone TV, she also worked at Kwese TV (Former Viasat 1) and 4stye TV.

She joined Ghone TV in February 2020 and was one of the most commanding and interesting hosts on the channel.

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